Every Kick Counts

Paying attention to movements helps expectant parents get to know what’s normal for their baby and speak up if they notice a change.

Why We Count
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START COUNTING

Counting kicks is a simple way to monitor your baby’s well-being. Expectant parents should begin counting daily at the start of the third trimester.

  • Start a timer to track baby's movements

    Time

    Start a timer and record the time it takes for you to feel 10 movements.

  • Count baby's kicks every day around the same time

    Count

    Pick a time when baby is active to start counting, preferably the same time every day.

  • Compare kick session to previous times

    Pattern

    After each day's counting session, compare that time with your past sessions.

  • Contact

    Contact your provider if you notice any significant changes in the amount of time it takes to get to 10.

Download the App

Use our free app daily in the third trimester to get to know your baby’s normal movement pattern, the average amount of time it takes your baby to get to 10 movements.

Get the App
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IMPACT

Our goal is to make kick counting a common practice in the third trimester by reaching as many providers and expectant parents as possible.

  • 32%

    Iowa’s stillbirth rate decreased by 32% during the first 10 years of the Count the Kicks campaign.

  • 7,500

    Our goal is to save 7,500 babies in the U.S. every year by expanding Count the Kicks.

  • 21

    Our printed educational materials are free to order in 21 states thanks to the support of our partners.

How to Count Kicks

Research shows kick counting, keeping a daily record of a baby’s movements during the third trimester, is an easy, free and reliable way to monitor a baby’s well-being in addition to regular prenatal visits.

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RESOURCES

Count the Kicks is an evidence-based stillbirth prevention campaign that provides educational resources to healthcare providers and expectant parents.

  • Research

    Find the latest research about the benefits of tracking fetal movement.

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  • Racial Disparities

    Learn how Count the Kicks is working to eliminate racial disparities in stillbirth.

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  • Resources for Providers

    Free resources for healthcare providers to keep expectant parents informed.

    Find Resources

Oral Health and Pregnancy

Evidence shows that receiving dental care during pregnancy can improve the health of both baby and mother by reducing the risk of gum disease and poor birth outcomes.

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BABY SAVES

Through years of outreach and education, the babies we have helped still inspire us the most.

Meet our baby saves and learn how Count the Kicks helped save their lives.

Baby Saves

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